Scott Kennedy: Top 20 teams in CIF-SS, Week 3
SEP 16, 2013 10:09a ET
No. 1 St. John Bosco found itself in a hole early against a very good Chandler team out of Arizona. Late in the first half, Chandler scored a touchdown to make it 28-10. Then five-star junior quarterback Josh Rosen was spotted on the bench with his pads off, a sling, and an ice pack on his right throwing shoulder. Senior Andrew Katnik entered the game at quarterback and by my count, the Braves reeled off six straight touchdown drives to win comfortably 52-31. No word yet on Rosen's injury, but the Braves are in good hands in the mean time with Katnik.
No. 2 Mater Dei did what should be expected of a team matched up with an inferior opponent -- it dominated. The Monarchs cruised to a relatively easy 33-0 victory. The score was 17-0 after three quarters in a game that was never in doubt because of the Mater Dei defense. Through three games, Mater Dei has only allowed 20 points and gets another easy win this week against Santa Monica before playing Edison and then diving in to the Trinity League schedule.
No. 3 Serra was in Déjà vu all over again. Notre Dame had it beat, of course so did Oceanside two weeks ago, and Desert Ridge had Serra on the ropes three weeks ago. Serra didn't take the lead until the first play of the second overtime and trailed by seven with as little as one minute left in the fourth. The transcendent Adoree Jackson took a Jalen Greene ( Boise State) post route 80 yards to force overtime and then caught the game winning touchdown after dropping a sure game winner at the end of the first overtime. It feels like only a matter of time before the Cavaliers drop one of these games, but in reality, the only team left on their schedule capable of challenging them is Chaminade on Oct. 18.
No. 4 Vista Murrieta wasn't expecting much of a battle on their trip to Yucaipa, and it didn't get one -- the Broncos cruised to a 52-13 win. Senior quarterback Coltin Gerhart ( Arizona State verbal commitment) continues to prove to be a round peg in a round hole at Vista Murrieta as he led the Broncos to five touchdowns in five attempts before he watched the rest of the game from the sidelines. He rushed for 189 yards on just 10 carries. A trip to Redlands East Valley this week should be a bit more of a challenge. We'll know a lot more about Vista Murrieta when it faces off with Cathedral Catholic in San Diego next week.
No. 5 Long Beach Poly wasn't out of the Top 5 for very long, one week to be exact. The Jackrabbits showed us why we thought so highly of them all along in their 35-28 win over No. 4 Centennial on the FOX Sports West Game of the Week. Poly is big, fast and physical. There were no wide open running lanes for Centennial running back Tre Watson ( Cal) who rushed for over 450 yards against St. Bonaventure but was held under 50 against Poly. Poly bludgeoned Centennial before pushing in the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Poly has a chance for a redemption game at Bakersfield this week. The Drillers are a tough team who pummeled Poly 29-6 last year.
No. 6 Corona Centennial ran into a team that was as fast as it was, but bigger and more physical in Long Beach Poly. Centennial put up 21 points in the first half, but only managed seven in the second half. Quarterback Robert Webber was under duress for much of the evening. Tre Watson who enjoyed acres of open space in his 465 yard effort against St. Bonaventure, found the going much tougher gaining only 37 yards against a rabid Jackrabbits defense. It doesn't get much easier this week with a trip to No. 8 Alemany.
No. 7 Mission Viejo dropped a spot in the rankings through no fault of its own. The Diablos played an inspired game against national power Don Bosco Prep out of New Jersey. Mission Viejo had the game under control for much of the night before a fumble return for a touchdown got Don Bosco Prep in the lead in the low-soring game. Mission Viejo prevailed in overtime after converting a first down on a botched field goal attempt then scoring a touchdown on the next play. Mission Viejo quarterback Ian Fieber is an excellent thrower, but the Diablos are going to need to find a running game to reach their goals in the Pac-5 Division later this season.
No. 8 Alemany has been impressive in the early going. Playing its first home game of the season, Alemany blew out defending City Section Champion Narbonne 42-14 in the second half after being tied at 14 at halftime. We said at the beginning of the season there was a good news/bad news with the Warriors defense. The good news was that there were 10 starters returning; the bad news was that they gave up a ton of points last season's biggest games. So far the news has been good as teams have only averaged 15 points per game this year. Of course Centennial should have twice that by halftime this week, so the Alemany offense is going to have to play its best game of the year against the Huskies.
No. 9 Oaks Christian found that a big lead can lead to complacency, and complacency on the football field can be awfully dangerous. The Lions blitzed Venice after jumping out to a 28-0 lead in the second quarter, but the Gondoliers made a game of it before falling to Oaks Christian 49-39. Senior quarterback Brandon Dawkins ( Miami) had a good game, throwing for 400 yards and four touchdowns. The going gets a bit tougher this week as Oaks Christian hosts No. 13 Chaminade, who is averaging roughly 55 points per game.
No. 10 St. Bonaventure rebounded nicely from its loss to Centennial last week in a 35-13 win over Redlands East Valley. The win was particularly impressive considering five-star junior quarterback Ricky Town ( Alabama) was on crutches out for the night. The Seraphs should be in good shape this week against Atascadero before traveling to Alemany next week.
CIF-SS: Top 20, Week 2
1. (1) St. John Bosco (3-0)
2. (2) Mater Dei (3-0)
3. (3) Serra (3-0)
4. (5) Vista Murrieta (2-0)
5. (10) Long Beach Poly (2-1)
6. (4) Corona Centennial (2-1)
7. (6) Mission Viejo (3-0)
8. (7) Alemany (3-0)
9. (8) Oaks Christian (3-0)
10. (9) St. Bonaventure (2-1)
11. (11) Edison (2-0)
12. (12) Hart (2-0)
13. (13) Chaminade (2-1)
14. (15) Notre Dame (2-1)
15. (18) Rancho Cucamonga (3-0)
16. (14) Bishop Amat (2-1)
17. (19) La Habra (3-0)
18. (20) JSerra (2-0)
19. (NR) Servite (2-1)
20. (NR) Chino Hills (2-1)
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